Luigina Ciolfi is Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the School of Applied Psychology at University College Cork. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Limerick and a Laurea (summa cum laude), from the University of Siena, both specialising in Human-Computer Interaction. She has extensive experience in academia in Ireland, the UK and Italy. She was previously Professor of Human Centred Computing at Sheffield Hallam University (UK), where she remains a Visiting Researcher, and Lecturer and Senior Researcher at the University of Limerick. She also held visiting roles at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and at Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute. She has been teaching for many years in the areas of HCI, interaction design, social computing, qualitative research methods, and information systems.
Professor Ciolfi researches human practices and experiences of digital technologies in everyday settings, with a focus on collaboration, participation and placemaking. Her work connects computing, social sciences and design, and aims to understand and design digital technologies in a thoughtful and participatory way. She has taken part in national and international research projects on topics such as cultural heritage/museum technologies, interaction in public spaces, mobile and nomadic work. Professor Ciolfi has published extensively in HCI, CSCW (Computer-Supported Cooperative Work) and Interaction Design. She is an Associate Editor of the CSCW Journal, as well as being a scientific referee for many conferences and journals in her field. Professor Ciolfi has been an invited speaker in fourteen countries, and serves as an expert reviewer for many national and international agencies, including the European Commission. She is a senior member of ACM SIGCHI and member of the British Psychological Society.